Labour believe they can take back control of Trafford Council after by-election win

Cllr David Acton

Cllr Matt Colledge

New councillor, Helen Boyle

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THE leader of Trafford Labour group believes the party can retake control of Trafford Council after its narrow victory in the Broadheath by-election last week.


Helen Boyle won the hotly contested seat with 1,377 votes, beating the Conservative candidate, Brenda Houraghan, who received 1,258 votes.


UKIP came third with 234 votes, Liberal Democrats were fourth with 150 votes and the Green Party was fifth with 67 votes.


But leader of the council and Trafford Conservative group, Cllr Matt Colledge, said the Labour party campaigners decision to sign the unofficial party anthem ‘The Red Flag’, was premature.


“Judging by the singing of the Red Flag at the election count the Labour group in Trafford clearly believe they will be taking control of Trafford in May's elections,” said Cllr Colledge.


“However whilst it is disappointing to lose the ward I was pleased that there was a swing to us and against Labour which if repeated in May should help stop Labour controlling Trafford.”


Cllr Colledge clarified that Ms Houraghan fought for another seat in the Broadheath Ward in 2012 and also lost, but by a larger margin.


The by-election January 16 was held following the death of Cllr Ken Weston in November last year.


Labour leader, Cllr David Acton, welcomed Cllr Boyle to the council but denied Labour is complacent.


“I think this victory leaves Labour in a very good position to challenge the Tories come the local elections in May,” said Cllr Acton.


“We would need to gain two more seats in May to arrest control away from the Conservatives in May.


“We found a lot of people on the doorstep who were really concerned about the way the council was being run by the Tories and wanted a change of direction.


“I take nothing for granted, and I and the Labour Group will work very hard to work towards making that change in May.”


The composition of Trafford Council is currently 33 Conservative, 26 Labour and four Liberal Democrats.


Turnout for the by-election was low at 30 per cent.

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9:48am Fri 24 Jan 14

rockinrocky_robin says...

Depends on how many candidates UKIP fields, the 200 votes they garnered in Broadheath made the difference. That said, the Conservative campaign was focussed too much on the council as a whole and not what they would do/have done in Broadheath itself. Perhaps a lesson to learn for May
Depends on how many candidates UKIP fields, the 200 votes they garnered in Broadheath made the difference. That said, the Conservative campaign was focussed too much on the council as a whole and not what they would do/have done in Broadheath itself. Perhaps a lesson to learn for May rockinrocky_robin
  • Score: 1

10:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

watching says...

Time for a change in Trafford,all we seem to face with this party are cuts in jobs public services, the elderly and sick are the ones suffering most.
Time for a change in Trafford,all we seem to face with this party are cuts in jobs public services, the elderly and sick are the ones suffering most. watching
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10:38am Fri 24 Jan 14

Rioroly says...

Point taken, we should have informed of work done and being done, we do all we can at all times, a new community centre planned, road repairs imminent, fighting for residents rights against planning issues.
Litter picks etc, work in local parks are things we do without needing to promote,truthfully actions speak louder than words and my commitment to Broadheath at all times as Chair of various Committees speak for themselves...
At least we didn’t just make promises to gain votes then laugh and sing a song but let the residents down.
Point taken, we should have informed of work done and being done, we do all we can at all times, a new community centre planned, road repairs imminent, fighting for residents rights against planning issues. Litter picks etc, work in local parks are things we do without needing to promote,truthfully actions speak louder than words and my commitment to Broadheath at all times as Chair of various Committees speak for themselves... At least we didn’t just make promises to gain votes then laugh and sing a song but let the residents down. Rioroly
  • Score: -4

11:23pm Sun 26 Jan 14

MouseHouse says...

Forget the Tories and their chums the Lib Dems. Labour let us down. Vote as far to the left as you can next time. Vote as far to the left as you can.

Socialism is mankinds destiny - let's stop propping up failed capitalism and have the future we deserve. A socialist future.
Forget the Tories and their chums the Lib Dems. Labour let us down. Vote as far to the left as you can next time. Vote as far to the left as you can. Socialism is mankinds destiny - let's stop propping up failed capitalism and have the future we deserve. A socialist future. MouseHouse
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

dipperdapper says...

Labour will get back in at the next GE with ease but i fear the party under ed miliband is very weak very vague and so are some of there councillors who when asked a simple question about immigration could not answer went around the houses type of answer, My biggest concern is what labour will do with welfare, Since they have been very vague i can only gather that they are following the tory party with this one, They are in favour of UC yet they also slate it at the same time, The only thing i can say that they have been clear about is the NHS and im 100% behind there plans and arguments that our NHS is not safe in tory hands, As for UKIP well immigration they have my vote there councillors talk with you make you understand and have lots of time like no other party, They are not racist as the media would make them out, I am not thrilled by the way Farage conducts himself in public smoking and drinking are not the image you want for your party and wearing trampy clothes is another insult to his own party and himself however if UKIP get there other policys right more so with welfare i think they will win alot of votes
Labour will get back in at the next GE with ease but i fear the party under ed miliband is very weak very vague and so are some of there councillors who when asked a simple question about immigration could not answer went around the houses type of answer, My biggest concern is what labour will do with welfare, Since they have been very vague i can only gather that they are following the tory party with this one, They are in favour of UC yet they also slate it at the same time, The only thing i can say that they have been clear about is the NHS and im 100% behind there plans and arguments that our NHS is not safe in tory hands, As for UKIP well immigration they have my vote there councillors talk with you make you understand and have lots of time like no other party, They are not racist as the media would make them out, I am not thrilled by the way Farage conducts himself in public smoking and drinking are not the image you want for your party and wearing trampy clothes is another insult to his own party and himself however if UKIP get there other policys right more so with welfare i think they will win alot of votes dipperdapper
  • Score: 4

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